The energy behind this initiative that has rallied people from Windermere to New York City almost 1,000 miles away comes from 15-year-old Jeff Cox, a local resident and member of Boy Scout Troop #6.
Memories of the planes crashing into the Twin Towers when he
was just 7, coupled with the recollection of his
firefighting brother getting injured on the job in Brevard County in 2002 helped prompt Cox to pursue the Sept 11 Memorial as the Leadership Service Project that would help him obtain his
Eagle Scout badge.
project has left an endearing impression on his
"At times our memories can be short term," says Michael Hanley, an executive with AXA Advisers and Rotary Club leader who's advised Cox.
"Jeff demonstrated a great deal of maturity in his willingness to navigate a somewhat complicated process that took many months to complete," says Peter Miller of the Port Authority of NY and NJ who helped process the request for the steel.
Once secured, Cox
had to figure out the logistics behind transferring a 650-pound mass from a hangar at New York's Kennedy Airport to Windermere.
found throughout the project, people and organizations have been eager to offer support once Cox presented his
idea and plan.
In the case of shipping, UPS
stepped up to transport the metal at no charge.
"People kept telling me to dream big, and I've been amazed at the number of people who have offered to be a part of making this dream come true," says Cox
Eagle Scout project takes place as the Boy Scouts of America
celebrates its 100th Anniversary.